Which blood tests are performed in the diagnosis of bladder cancer?

Updated: Feb 23, 2021
  • Author: Kara N Babaian, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS  more...
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Answer

No blood tests are specific for bladder cancer, but a general evaluation is necessary prior to initiating therapy with intravesical bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG). Laboratory tests include the following:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Liver function tests
  • Bony fraction of alkaline phosphatase assay (if bone metastasis suspected)
  • Kidney function studies

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